Nigeria’s debt profile hits N31trn, says DMO

Nigeria’s debt profile increased by N2.38trn between March and June 2020, the Debt Management Office (DMO) has revealed.

It said Nigeria’s total public debt stock as of June 30, 2020 stood at N31trn.

Nigeria’s total public debt stock includes the debt stock of the Federal Government, the 36 states, and the Federal Capital Territory.

For public debt stock as of June 30, 2020, the DMO said: “The data shows that in naira terms, the total public debt stock which comprises the debt stock of the Federal Government, the 36 state governments and the FCT stood at N31.009trn or $85.897bn.

“The corresponding figures for March 31, 2020, were N28.628trn or $79.303bn.”

The debt office explained that the increase in the debt stock by N2.381trn or $6.593bn was accounted for by the $3.36bn budget support loan from the International Monetary Fund, new domestic borrowing to finance the revised 2020 Appropriation Act.

It said this includes the issuance of the N162.557bn Sukuk, and promissory notes issued to settle claims of exporters.

The debt office added: “The DMO expects the public debt stock to grow as the balance of the new domestic borrowing is raised and expected disbursements are made by the World Bank, African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank which were arranged to finance the 2020 Budget.

“Recall that the 2020 Appropriation Act had to be revised in the face of the adverse and severe impact of COVID-19 on government’s revenues and increased expenditure needs on health and economic stimulus, among others.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the release of the N2.3 trillion as Economic Sustainability Package to cushion the effect of Coronavirus pandemic on Nigerians.

Buhari, who gave the order on Wednesday during the second day of the Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in Abuja, directed the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to do the needful.

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